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28 Gifts For People Who Love Words

Don't worry — it's not just books.

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1. A card game for the punniest person you know.

*nudges you* I bet they're a real card. Get it for $18 on Amazon.
Clarkson Potter

*nudges you* I bet they're a real card.

Get it for $18 on Amazon.

2. A scarf with the text of a literature-obsessed word lover's favorite book.

Now you can accessorize Willa Cather's gorgeous prose. Get it for $39 at Litographs. (They also have posters, totes, T-shirts, and temporary tattoos!)
Litographs

Now you can accessorize Willa Cather's gorgeous prose.

Get it for $39 at Litographs. (They also have posters, totes, T-shirts, and temporary tattoos!)

3. A phone case for travelers that lets you communicate wherever you are, in any language.

Iconspeak

Because sometimes you really gotta go, and you just want to be able to point to a toilet.

Get it for $22 at Iconspeak.

4. An online subscription to their favorite style manual, like AP Stylebook or the Chicago Manual of Style.

The Associated Press, Chicago Manual of Style

Because language nerds should always be at their most stylish.

Get AP for a year for $26, and CMOS for a year for $35.

5. A tote for someone who just wants to be serenaded by language.

*horns blare* Get it for $19.95 from Gibbs Smith Publisher via Amazon.
Gibbs Smith Publisher

*horns blare*

Get it for $19.95 from Gibbs Smith Publisher via Amazon.

6. IRL punctuation for those who need to contain some of their word collection.

Get these gold quotation-mark bookends for $168 at Anthropologie.
Anthropologie

Get these gold quotation-mark bookends for $168 at Anthropologie.

7. A poster for that person who loves classic novels as much as they love grammar.

Pop Chart Lab

For all those times they're itching to diagram a sentence.

Get it for $29 at Pop Chart Lab.

8. A throw pillow that says "I love you" in American Sign Language.

Anais Moods / Society6

Get it for $17 from Anais Moods on Society6.

9. An ornament made of upcycled dictionary pages for those who want to put their logophilia on display during the holidays.

Or anytime really. Get it for $24 from kissadesign on Etsy.
kissadesign / Etsy

Or anytime really.

Get it for $24 from kissadesign on Etsy.

10. A pin for someone whose heroes are Strunk and White.

Get it for $11 from janemount on Etsy.
janemount / Etsy

Get it for $11 from janemount on Etsy.

11. A subscription for the word nerd who loves puzzles.

A one-year subscription to the New York Times Crossword is $39.95.

12. These stickers that can do the talking for someone at a loss for words.

gillianembers / Redbubble, pigmentandply / Etsy

Get the Chomskyan sticker for $2.26+ from gilliamembers on Redbubble, and the comma-crazy one for $3.50 from pigmentandply on Etsy.

13. A book for people who love language and data and all of the fascinating things that come from the intersection between them.

An e-book based on the very excellent Twitter project by Allison Parrish.Get it for $10 from Instar Books.
Instar Books

An e-book based on the very excellent Twitter project by Allison Parrish.

Get it for $10 from Instar Books.

14. A pair of socks for someone who wants to show off their tendency toward obscenities.

They're really fucking cozy.Get them for $10 at Plasticland.
Plasticland

They're really fucking cozy.

Get them for $10 at Plasticland.

15. A word to call their own — because, yes, you can adopt a word!

It's $25 for a year at Wordnik, the world's biggest online English dictionary.
Wordnik

It's $25 for a year at Wordnik, the world's biggest online English dictionary.

16. Punctuation-themed jewelry for those who want to wear their pedantry proudly.

makepienotwar / Etsy, BookLoverGifts / Etsy

Get the ampersand bracelets starting at $33 from makepienotwar on Etsy.

And get the quotation mark earrings for $15.40 from BookLoverGifts on Etsy (also available in gold and rose gold).

17. Pencils for the writer who probably keeps a secret stash of desk whiskey.

Because who doesn't?Starts at $2 for a single pencil or $5.75 for a set of three from HarvestPaperCo on Etsy.
HarvestPaperCo / Etsy

Because who doesn't?

Starts at $2 for a single pencil or $5.75 for a set of three from HarvestPaperCo on Etsy.

18. Register them for a language conference, like the American Copy Editors Society's annual gathering.

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This year's is in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 23–25, 2017.

Registration starts at $110 for student members if you get in by Jan. 31.

Find other editing conferences here, and linguistics conferences here.

19. A desk calendar for the word lover who wants to learn something new every day.

Compiled by the editors of the BuzzFeed copydesk's favorite dictionary, Merriam-Webster. Get it for $10.39 at Amazon.
Merriam-Webster / Amazon

Compiled by the editors of the BuzzFeed copydesk's favorite dictionary, Merriam-Webster.

Get it for $10.39 at Amazon.

20. Tea towels for anyone who wants to properly (and subtly) punctuate their hand-drying or spill-cleaning.

Otherwild

Get them for $24 at Otherwild.

21. A subscription to Babel, a quarterly magazine all about language.

Babel

Yearly subscriptions start at £23 (about $29).

22. A T-shirt for anyone who wants to embrace their inner critical theorist.

This shirt is a signifier of cool. Get it for $26.87 from CriticalTheory on Redbubble.
CriticalTheory / Redbubble

This shirt is a signifier of cool.

Get it for $26.87 from CriticalTheory on Redbubble.

23. Books for someone who likes a side of beautiful illustration with their words.

Ten Speed Press, Chronicle Books

Because there's almost nothing better.

Get Ella Frances Sanders' illustrations of untranslatable words for $10.56 on Amazon from Ten Speed Press.

And get Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley's collab on wonderfully useful words for $10.96 on Amazon from Chronicle Books.

24. Or books for people who love to read about how others approach language.

McGraw-Hill Education, W. W. Norton & Company

From the Washington Post's The Slot, Bill Walsh, and The New Yorker's comma queen, Mary Norris.

Get Lapsing Into a Comma for $14.02 at Amazon.

And get Between You and Me for $8.68 at Amazon.

25. Or reference guides for the pedant who's all work and no play.

26. A pack of red pens for the editors who can't help themselves.

Amazon

Yes, some people still edit on paper.

$7.69 for a three-pack of Uni-Ball Jetstream red pens at Amazon.

$6.21 for a 12-pack of Pentel RSVP red pens at Amazon.

$10.12 for a five-pack of Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball red pens at Amazon.

27. This mug for people who want to show off how much they love coffee and the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Get it for $16.75 from Kin's Kreations on Zazzle.
Kin's Kreations / Zazzle

Get it for $16.75 from Kin's Kreations on Zazzle.

28. And a big ol' set of dictionaries for that one person who just needs to know ALL OF THE WORDS.

A gift for the truest word nerd. Get this 20-volume (yes, it exists) set for $1,045 from Oxford University Press.
Oxford University Press

A gift for the truest word nerd.

Get this 20-volume (yes, it exists) set for $1,045 from Oxford University Press.

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